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Champions League is back! Round of 16 kickoff

The 2022-23 Champions League season returns after the World Cup break to two giant matchups between some of the best teams in the world.


With group play wrapping up in November, today marked the start of Round 16, as the 1st leg lead off with a bang. Two goliath matchups, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich facing off in Paris, while AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur went at it in Milan.

 

While the final score of 1-0 does not reflect how dominant Bayern was in this matchup, PSG had a much more solid second half as soon as Kylian Mbappe hit the field. PSG just narrowly tied the game in the waning minutes of the match off of an Mbappe goal, but after reviewing the play, it was deemed that Mbappe was just slightly offside, resulting in no goal. What a heartbreaker for Paris. PSG fans and players can go into the 2nd leg of this matchup feeling much better after they picked up their pace of play in the second half of the match.


A Kingsley Coman goal in the 53rd minute was the difference maker in this one.

 

AC Milan struck early in their matchup against Tottenham. In just the 7th minute of the match, midfielder Brahim Diaz's header put Milan up 1-0, which would go on to be the final score of the game. The rest of the first half was quite a snooze fest from both sides, until play picked up about midway through the second half. Milan had the chance to make it a 3-0 game, but substitutes Charles De Ketalere and Malick Thiaw both sent the ball wide on two scoring chances. The best news for Tottenham after this match is that they were fortunate enough to head back to England having only suffered a one-goal defeat.

 

Upcoming Round 16 schedule:


Wednesday, February 15 - 1st leg

  • Dortmund vs. Chelsea

  • Club Brugge vs. S.L. Benfica


Tuesday, February 21st - 1st leg

  • Frankfurt vs. S.S.C. Napoli

  • Liverpool vs. Real Madrid


Wednesday, February 22nd - 1st leg

  • Inter Milan vs. FC Porto

  • RB Leipzig vs. Manchester City


Tuesday, March 7th - 2nd leg

  • Chelsea vs. Dortmund

  • S.L. Benfica vs. Club Brugge


Wednesday, March 8th - 2nd leg

  • FC Bayern vs. PSG

  • Tottenham vs. AC Milan


Tuesday, March 14th - 2nd leg

  • FC Porto vs. Inter Milan

  • Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig


Wednesday, March 15th

  • S.S.C. Napoli vs. Frankfurt

  • Real Madrid vs. Liverpool

You can catch all Champions League games on Paramount+, select games on CBS Sports (United States)

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